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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GeekRecs: Comics Releasing 5/13/15

We know walking into your local comic shop or browsing the new titles on Comixology can be harrowing, particularly with the rising prices of comics. The GeekRex team feels your pain, so that's why each week two members of our team will collaborate and highlight the "must-buys" of every Wednesday, and we'll make sure we keep the tab under 20 bucks. Props to MultiversityComics for coming up with the great idea–we hope you like our spin on it!

This Week's Team: Harper and Shane

Thor #8 – $3.99

Don't call her Lady Thor! The reveal of the identity of the new Goddess of Thunder has been teased and faked a few times now, and I gotta say, the suspense is actually killing me! Aaron and Dauterman have killed it on this series from issue one (and before for Aaron)–more on that later in the pick of the week piece. With the last issue ending with the arrival of just about every badass woman in the Marvel Universe arriving on the scene, this one promises to be very, very interesting. Read immediately or risk being spoiled!
Injection #1 – $2.99

I don't think I really need to sell this, do I? This is the new Image series by the team that brought you the highly acclaimed first arc of Moon Knight, not to mention the huge list of other awesome books that Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire have been on. Plus, it sounds along the lines of Ellis's best, involving five men who "poisoned the 21st century" and now have to "save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life." I don't know about anyone else, but there's no way I can resist the kind of super weird, uber intelligent giant ideas that Ellis can conjure up, and Shalvey and Bellaire are sure to give us something utterly beautiful once again!
Howard the Duck #3 – $3.99

The return of Howard the Duck to comics was something any fan could see coming a mile away, but just how much fun Sex Criminals artist Chip Zdarsky is making this comic was a bit unpredictable.  This issue sees Howard begin his second arc of sorts, which sees him going toe to toe with his most fearsome villains yet: old people!  Last issue saw a crazy cliffhanger with Aunt May robbing a business and Howard being the only one to stop her.  Zdarsky seems to be the perfect guy for this book as the goofy situations he puts Howard in are the perfect, light-hearted fare we need from comics as Secret Wars rages on.  Not to mention, Jeff Quinones' art is impeccable.
Secret Wars #2 – $4.99

So I may be one of the only people who loved Secret Wars #1, but it's just nice to see Jonathan Hickman's 2+ year run on Avengers/New Avengers finally reach its climax.  The first issue pretty much just set up the conflict for those who had not been reading, while issue 2 promises to finally delve into the new Marvel U...also known as Battleworld!  This issue promises to focus on Battleworld's police force, which includes every single version from this universe/timeline or another of Thor.  Throg, the new female Thor, King Thor, Beta Ray Bill, etc. all patrol Battleworld to keep the new world order in line.  With art by Esad Ribic?  It's hard to not get excited for this.
Saga #28 – $2.99

If you've been reading this site long enough, you should know by now that a number of us LOVE Saga.  It's just something about this space soap opera of sorts with some of the best art in comics right now that makes us devour every issue.  Brian K. Vaughan is constantly surprising with where he takes these characters and Fiona Staples is just utter perfection.  This issue continues the fifth arc of the series, which is still dealing with some family separation issues.  With the vaguest of solicits ("Alana acts"), we can't help but worry something bad is about to happen.  With two issues left before this series takes another break, readers should know by now to not hold too tightly to anything.  

Total Price: $18.95


Pick of the Week
Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman and Jorge Molina

Jason Aaron's first run on Thor: God of Thunder was straight up legendary: he and Esad Ribic really hit a very particular nerve with their Heavy Metal tinged, insanely epic yet not without humor (space sharks!) tale, and they brought a whole new readership to the character. With the series starting over with a brand new female Thor in the wake of the incredibly dull Original Sin (also penned by Aaron), the future of the character was a bit unsure. Lucky for us, this volume, while different in tone, has managed again to strike gold. The new Goddess of Thunder (whose identity will be revealed tomorrow) is a wonderful new character–she's badass, for one, and the contrast between her normal person thoughts and her Asgardian speech is super fun. Not only that, but they've really built up a rich cast of characters in the hero-formerly-known-as-Thor (now called Odinson), Dario Agger of Roxxon Industries, Malekith, Roz Solomon the Environmental S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and Odinson's own family. But perhaps the biggest superstar here is in Russell Dauterman, who has pencilled most of the issues so far. He was a relative unknown, but the dude has some serious chops; he's brought a different kind of epic action to the book than Ribic did, less fairy tale and more colorful. The new Thor is not to be messed with, but absolutely to be read by all!
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpuf
Looking for something interesting to pick up that isn't quite brand new? Love finding a surprising treat on the trade paperback shelf at your local comic book shop? Here's our recommendation for this week's graphic novel selection: - See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/the-geekrex-comic-buyers-guide-72314.html#sthash.3Asbd9oL.dpu
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